Huntsman Cancer Institute
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2012
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Former Presidential Candidate Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. named Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT – Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (HCI) today announced that Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. will be appointed to the position of Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (the Foundation), effective immediately.
Huntsman recently concluded his candidacy for president of the United States. He has served in numerous public and private positions around the world, most recently as the United States Ambassador to China. Huntsman previously served as the Foundation's first president and CEO and has been committed to the Foundation's efforts to support research and clinical care for all those who suffer from this terrible disease.
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. will replace his father and founder of Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jon M. Huntsman, who will serve in the capacity of Chairman Emeritus of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
"Jon comes to the Foundation with a wealth of leadership experience," Jon M. Huntsman commented. "This appointment will significantly further the work of the Foundation. His unparalleled international reputation and experience will greatly enhance the life-saving work in which the Foundation is engaged. We join together with the entire Huntsman Cancer Institute team of more than 1,300 full-time faculty and staff in welcoming Jon to this new position."
Mary Beckerle, HCI director and CEO, said, "On behalf of all HCI's patients and their families, I am deeply grateful to Jon M. Huntsman, who has served for 17 years as the Chairman of the Foundation Board. I am thrilled that the legacy of leadership, passion, and commitment to the greatest human health challenge of our time will continue with the appointment of Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. HCI is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the entire Intermountain West. Our ability to bring the most promising advances in cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention to our patients depends on the support for research provided by the Huntsman Cancer Foundation."
About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Established in 1995, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) serves the needs of cancer patients and their families with research, education, and treatment. HCI is a nationally recognized cancer research center that also offers patient care for all types of cancer, as well as education and outreach for ways to prevent and treat cancer. HCI was founded on the principle of translational research, which means that basic scientists, clinical researchers, and cancer patients are brought together in an environment that allows for rapid translation of laboratory discoveries into effective new treatments in an atmosphere of hope and compassion.